Francis was born March 26, 1928, at rural Fulda, Minn., the son of John and Rosa (Holinka) Murphy. He was raised in Fulda area and attended a country school and St. Gabriel's Catholic School in Fulda. He then assisted his father in farming until he entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 21, 1952, and served until he was honorably discharged Oct. 11, 1959.
On Jan. 19, 1955, he married Marjorie Schuver at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville. They made their home near Granville where they were engaged in farming for about one year. They then moved to near Fulda, Minn., where they farmed for 15 years. In 1971 they returned to the Granville area where they have since farmed. Marge died July 23, 2006.
Francis was a member of St. Joseph Catholic's Church and past member of Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include; six children, Ken and his wife, Mary of Sheldon, Tom and his wife, Denise of Orange City, Jeff and his wife, Joyce of Granville, Mary Murphy and Les Ottolenghi of Atlanta, Ga., Jim and his wife, Sandi of Bondurant, Tim and his wife, Emily of Granville; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Rosie and her husband, Jack Lehnoff of Russell, Minn.; one brother, Joe Murphy and his special friend, Harriett Glackler of Cathedral City, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Gwen Schuver of Granville and Wanda Schuver of Sanborn; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John T. Murphy and his wife Celia; two brothers-in-law, Marcel and Ray Schuver; two nieces, Beverly Ann Schuver in infancy and Ellen Schuver; one great-niece, Morgan Schuver;one great-nephew, Rustin Thooft.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville with the Rev. Richard Ball officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Granville. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the veterans of Granville. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. today (Friday). There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m., and vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville.
Casketbearers will be Phil, Pat, Taylor, Michael, Christopher and Colby Murphy. Honorary bearers will be Beth Prescott, Caitlin, Carli, Brandon, Megan, Delaney and Matthew Murphy.
Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.